HPV Bill Passes House

Kentucky’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require middle school girls in the state to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus.

The measure passed 59 to 39 on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007.

State Representative David Watkins calls the development of the vaccine a miracle, which will save lives.

The three-shot vaccination protects girls and women against strains of the human papilloma virus, otherwise known as HPV. The virus is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.

A government advisory panel recommends that all girls get the shots at 11 or 12, or before they become sexual active.

However, the measure passed by the Kentucky House allows parents to opt out of the vaccine.

The HPV bill will now head to the Senate for consideration.

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